Attended Spanish Immersion school
Co-founded student group
to build wind turbines
Pivoted to design school and took first IDEO-taught class
myWater concept highlighted in FastCompany
Led first co-innovation workshop with executives
Taught first design course as adjunct to undergraduates
Pursued engineering at
the University of Minnesota
first start-up in India
First design concept considered patentable by P&G
Featured in a USA
Product launch led to
+18M Twitter impressions
I'm a senior leader, guiding organizations and driving design. I live at the intersection of human needs and technological capabilities, from devices, to digital experiences, to the services that enable them.
BUILDING DESIGN TEAMS
I have experience building design teams across North and South America - From hiring and talent development, to scaling design team cultures, to creative space design.
PROJECT LEADERSHIP ON CLIENT PROGRAMS
I lead major design projects, managing design resources and coaching clients and stakeholders through the design process,
from initial strategy and scoping to final implementation.
DEEP DESIGN EXPERTISE
I am a seasoned designer with depths in Service Design, UX Strategy and User Research. I leverage my human-centered design mindset (aka: design thinking) and its methods re-frame problems, imagine new possibilities, and rally stakeholders.
HONORS & AWARDS
INNOVATION BY DESIGN AWARD
Fast Company - For best educational design // 2019
International Design Excellence Awards - For Design Strategy // 2017
CORE 77 AWARD
Core 77 - For Strategy & Research, Service Design // 2017
JAMES DYSON AWARD
James Dyson Foundation // 2013
FEATURED IN USA NETWORK COMMERCIAL
USA Network Character With A Cause Initiative // 2013
KELLOGG INNOVATION NETWORK GLOBAL PRIZE
Kellogg School of Management // 2012
James Dyson Foundation // 2012
ACARA VENTURE COMPETITION WINNER
Acara Institute // 2010
* I've also been honored in having my past work featured in FastCompany, Mashable, PSFK, Chicago Sun Times, Motherboard
STUDIO DESIGN DIRECTOR
SAP Design // 2017 - Current
As the Design Director for SAP Design’s newest studio in New York, I play a critical role in pushing design direction across our project portfolio, guiding design resources, and coaching clients and executives through the design process. I am a part of SAP Design's award-winning global design studio called the AppHaus that provides end-to-end design and innovation services backed by SAP technologies.
• Drive enterprise wide innovation and product experience design excellence across 25 lines of business.
• Hiring, cultivating and mentoring interdisciplinary design teams
• Project leadership, design direction, scoping and delivery on client programs
• Business development
SENIOR DESIGN LEAD
2016 - 2017
SENIOR EXPERIENCE DESIGNER
2015 - 2016
2013 - 2015
Northwestern University // 2017 - Current
I teach undergraduate and graduate studio design courses at Northwestern's SF campus for the Segal Design Institute and Medill School of Journalism. The courses span the fundamentals of Design Thinking/Human Centered Design, Service Design, and Communication Design with a focus on client based experiential learning in design innovation, digital communication, and the intersection of technology and culture.
TBD Innovation // 2013
Provided design strategy/research consulting around emerging technologies to identify the next billion dollar whitespace opportunity for a Fortune 50 CPG brand.
INTERACTION DESIGN STRATEGIST
Oracle Health & Life Sciences // 2013
Worked at the intersection of design strategy and interaction design for over 50 products and services spanning clinical R&D to care delivery.
DESIGN INSTRUCTOR @ INTEL
Intel Corporation // Summer 2012
Taught the human-centered design process and methods to undergraduate engineers interning for Intel’s Ultimate Engineering Experience.
U.S. Department of the Interior // 2009
Worked for the U.S. Government performing design cost estimation for National Wildlife Refuge assets valued at just under $3 Billion.
Segal Design Institute | Evanston, IL
M.S. Engineering Design & Innovation // 2012
PLANT GENETICS RESEARCHER
University of Minnesota Dept. Agriculture & Plant Genetics // 2006 - 2011
Mapped trans-genetic wheat and barley populations
in a plant genetics lab throughout college.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
College of Science & Engineering | Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor in Civil Engineering // 2011
*in my free time i like produce videos for Vimeo, ski, play tennis/soccer, and museum hop